QTavon Austin
WR LA (8)
5 days ago

Austin (wrist) is slated to be ready for training camp, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Austin underwent wrist surgery in early May, but that hasn't stopped him from putting in work during minicamp. The wideout has been running routes and catching tennis balls on the sidelines but he's itching to get back onto the field without restrictions. "I still run routes - I'm getting my routes in with the boys when I try to watch them towards the end of [of the field]," Austin said. "So it's definitely frustrating, just because I don't know what happened to my wrist in the first place." There's plenty of questions surrounding the role Austin will play in new head coach Sean McVay's offense, but those questions will be sidelined until the 26-year-old returns. "I think we have ideas of the way we want to utilize him," McVay noted. "I think he's done a lot of great things on tape, but until you're actually able to get out on the grass with him, watch him do some of the things that we're asking him to do, it does make it a little bit more difficult." Austin will look to build upon his 2016 numbers - 668 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns - as the speedster continues to emerge as a deep-ball threat in the league.

QTavon Austin
WR LA (8)
1 month ago

Rams offensive coordinator Matt LeFleur wants to take advantage of Austin's (wrist) speed as a downfield threat in 2017, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports. "When you look at what Washington was able to do and what Atlanta was able to do and the explosive plays, it all starts with having speed at that receiver position, which is something he possesses," McVay explained. "I know last year in Atlanta, they used Taylor Gabriel [downfield] and he's not the tallest guy, but he could get open and he was electric with the ball in his hands. So hopefully we can get Tavon going the same way."

EDGE Analysis

Austin was primarily used as a gadget player under the Rams' previous regime, as evidenced by his 116 carries the past two seasons not to mention the 75 receptions he caught from behind the line of scrimmage. McVay, however, hails from a system in Washington that rarely relied upon gimmick plays. Rather, he called plays that allowed the diminutive DeSean Jackson to flourish as one of the league's premier field-stretching wideouts. Austin (5-8, 176) profiles similarly to Jackson (5-10, 175) and certainly makes sense to be utilized in a similar fashion. While such a role would almost guarantee fewer carries -- and potentially fewer touches -- for Austin in 2017, the former first-round receiver would likely have a great shot to set a career high in receiving yardage. It's worth noting that in the two years under McVay in which Jackson played at least 15 games, Jackson averaged 56 receptions for 1087 yards and five touchdowns.

QTavon Austin
WR LA (8)
2 months ago

Austin underwent surgery on his left wrist but is expected to be ready for training camp, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Rams top wideout will miss OTAs as he address a minor wrist issue. Austin has been a bright spot over the past few seasons in an otherwise lackluster receiving corp. Last season he recorded a career-high 58 receptions for 509 yards and three touchdowns. Look for more updates on his status to come as training camp nears.

QTavon Austin
WR LA (8)
6 months ago

Austin caught just two of four targets for 18 yards and rushed twice for two yards during Sunday's loss to Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

After scoring nine touchdowns in 2015, the writing was on the wall for a letdown from Austin this year. He didn't do enough with his 19 extra targets to make up for the expected negative touchdown regression, and he rushed 24 fewer times and for 275 fewer yards than last season. Austin's game-breaking ability -- and hefty salary -- should ensure he's a piece of the puzzle again in 2017, but without a significant step forward from the entire offense, his fantasy ceiling will remain low.

QTavon Austin
WR LA (8)
6 months ago

Austin caught just two of seven targets for 14 yards but rushed three times for 26 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's loss to the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

The score was Austin's fourth of the season and his first of the rushing variety. It also highlights a significant decline from his nine-touchdown showing in 2015. Austin is rarely targeted downfield, and while he owns game-breaking potential, the pedestrian Los Angeles offense significantly limits his fantasy upside. The Rams have struggled to create opportunities for Austin to succeed in space because their offensive personnel doesn't present many man-to-man mismatches.

QTavon Austin
WR LA (8)
6 months ago

Austin brought in three of five targets for 14 yards and gained 13 yards on two rushes in Thursday's 24-3 loss to the Seahawks.

EDGE Analysis

Austin was deployed in customary fashion, receiving two carries while also being targeted near the line of scrimmage in the passing game. However, a suffocating Seahawks defense limited him to long plays of eight yards apiece on both the ground and through the air. The fourth-year pro was coming off a combined 11 receptions for 107 yards over the last two games, so Thursday's production represented a definitive downturn. Austin will look to break out in a much more favorable matchup against the 49ers in Week 16.

QTavon Austin
WR LA (8)
6 months ago

Austin caught seven of 11 targets for 62 yards in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. He also added 27 yards on two carries in the contest.

EDGE Analysis

The Rams' offense struggled to get on track Sunday but Austin still managed to put together one of his better games of the season in his return to the field Sunday. Quarterback Jared Goff looked his way a whopping 11 times, which marked the first time since Week 7 that he saw double digit targets. Austin also made an impact in the run game, highlighted by a 23-yard carry to move the Rams into Falcon territory. He'll draw a decidedly tougher matchup in Week 15, however, as the Rams will hit the road to face the Seahawks on Thursday.

QTavon Austin
WR LA (8)
7 months ago

Austin (chest) practiced fully Wednesday, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

No practice last week translated to a doubtful designation and eventual inactive status Sunday at New England. With an uncapped return to drills, though, Austin appears to be over his brief episode with a chest injury. Looking ahead to this Sunday's matchup against the high-powered Falcons, the Rams may be forced to the air early and often, which could benefit Austin, who has gathered in five of six passes for 66 yards and one touchdown with Jared Goff (illness) under center.

QTavon Austin
WR LA (8)
7 months ago

Austin (chest) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The chest injury prevented Austin from practicing all week and prompted the Rams to list the wideout as doubtful heading into Sunday, so it's no surprise that he'll be sidelined for the first time this season. Austin's absence could open up a few more looks for the likes of Kenny Britt and Brian Quick, while Pharoh Cooper is slated to handle the punt-returning duties in his stead.

QTavon Austin
WR LA (8)
7 months ago

Austin (chest) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Rams boast one of the weakest receiving corps in the league even at full strength, so quarterback Jared Goff and the Los Angeles offense could have even more trouble than usual moving the chains with Austin, who ranks second on the team with 44 receptions, on the sideline. Austin's absence will open up more snaps for the likes of Brian Quick and Pharoh Cooper, but neither represents an especially appealing fantasy option.